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Working as an Ordained Minister

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being an ordained minister. For example, did you know that they make an average of $22.14 an hour? That's $46,050 a year!

What Does an Ordained Minister Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be an ordained minister, we found that a lot of resumes listed 19.4% of ordained ministers included pastoral care, while 11.4% of resumes included bible, and 11.4% of resumes included youth ministry. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the ordained minister job title. But what industry to start with? Most ordained ministers actually find jobs in the non profits and health care industries.

How To Become an Ordained Minister

If you're interested in becoming an ordained minister, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 24.4% of ordained ministers have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 32.1% of ordained ministers have master's degrees. Even though most ordained ministers have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become an ordained minister. When we researched the most common majors for an ordained minister, we found that they most commonly earn master's degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on ordained minister resumes include high school diploma degrees or associate degree degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become an ordained minister. In fact, many ordained minister jobs require experience in a role such as customer service representative. Meanwhile, many ordained ministers also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or supervisor.

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Average Salary$46,050

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Ordained Minister Career Paths

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Top Careers After Ordained Minister

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Owner
10.0 %

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Average Salary for an Ordained Minister

Ordained Ministers in America make an average salary of $46,050 per year or $22 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $83,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $25,000 per year.
Average Salary
$46,050

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Ordained Minister
Ordained Minister
Church Christian Missionary Inc.
Church Christian Missionary Inc.
08/25/2015
08/25/2015
$19,20008/25/2015
$19,200
Ordained Minister
Ordained Minister
Church Christian Missionary Inc.
Church Christian Missionary Inc.
08/25/2015
08/25/2015
$19,20008/25/2015
$19,200
Ordained Minister
Ordained Minister
Praise Korean Presbyterian Church of Nj Inc.
Praise Korean Presbyterian Church of Nj Inc.
07/11/2014
07/11/2014
$32,51507/11/2014
$32,515
Ordained Minister
Ordained Minister
Praise Korean Presbyterian Church of New Jersey In
Praise Korean Presbyterian Church of New Jersey In
04/29/2014
04/29/2014
$25,00004/29/2014
$25,000
Ordained Minister
Ordained Minister
Peoples Baptist Church
Peoples Baptist Church
12/11/2012
12/11/2012
$40,13312/11/2012
$40,133

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Ordained Minister Demographics

Gender

male

56.1 %

female

37.9 %

unknown

5.9 %

Ethnicity

White

74.0 %

Black or African American

10.5 %

Hispanic or Latino

8.6 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

60.9 %

Portuguese

8.7 %

Chinese

4.3 %
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Ordained Minister Education

Majors

Theology
31.7 %

Degrees

Masters

32.1 %

Bachelors

24.4 %

High School Diploma

12.8 %

Top Colleges for Ordained Ministers

1. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

2. Boston University

Boston, MA

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

3. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764

4. Fordham University

Bronx, NY

In-State Tuition
$52,687
Enrollment
9,392

5. Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

In-State Tuition
$55,464
Enrollment
9,639

6. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

In-State Tuition
$50,420
Enrollment
7,582

7. Duke University

Durham, NC

In-State Tuition
$55,695
Enrollment
6,596

8. Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

In-State Tuition
$53,740
Enrollment
5,567

9. New York University

New York, NY

In-State Tuition
$51,828
Enrollment
26,339

10. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548
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Top Ordained Minister Employers

1. Indiana Disciples
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$39,772
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
6+
2. United Church of Christ
3.6
Avg. Salary: 
$40,241
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
4+
3. The Shelly Company
4.2
Avg. Salary: 
$38,249
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
3+
4. Peoples Church
3.3
Avg. Salary: 
$26,025
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
3+
5. Union Mission
4.1
Avg. Salary: 
$52,721
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
2+
6. United Church Homes
3.9
Avg. Salary: 
$37,594
Ordained Ministers Hired: 
2+

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Updated October 2, 2020